After a family gathering in early February we were driving back into Calgary, the snow was really coming down and you could barely see the lights of the car ahead of us on the highway. I was glad when I arrived home, safe and cozy inside. But as I looked outside at the snow falling softly in the night, piled high all over everything, sparkling away, it was so beautiful I just had to bundle up and go out! A night like this in winter has such a special quality that you just want to experience it, be in it.
I happily ploughed through the snow, crossing the bridge over the river with all the city lights adding to the magical look. As I walked down the path by the river I started to slow down, then stopped, just looking around. There was such a stillness but potent with energy. Not like the energy of life emerging into expression of form in spring or the fullness of summer, but an interior life gathering, organizing, integrating, spiritually reflective, readying for the light that moves it into being. I closed my eyes and let myself fall back into the deep snow, into the quiet embrace of this stillness.
With no snow pants on I didn’t last too long. Before bounding back through the snow again I looked around taking all into my memory; the sparkling snow cover, lights, trees and even cars in the background. As I crossed the bridge again I looked down and the river was all ice and snow except for a narrow shimmering stream of it showing me that yes, under all this quiet stillness there is a river of life always moving.
I’m sharing this with you because it is lovely and a good way of reflecting on craniosacral therapy, stillness especially. During a session as a person’s rhythms slow into stillness there is a gathering of the life force which then organizes itself for the healing process that the body’s inherent intelligence brings about. Stillness settles, stabilizes and rebalances the nervous system. There cannot always be movement outward - expansion, there must be contraction also then the neutral stillness before expansion again.These cycles are well represented in nature with the seasons and our bodies’ expressions of health.
Now to the river and our very fluid bodies. Life is expressed as motion and water likes to move. When there is inertia, often caused by injuries, emotional and psychological stress, birth trauma and toxicity, this flow of life can be blocked. Craniosacral therapy can help resolve these patterns of resistance, allowing the fluids to disseminate ordering forces throughout the body. As a craniosacral therapist, it is good to feel a person’s life force sparkling like the snow and flowing like the river, yet settled and balanced.